Meet the Aerospace Teachers

Lt Col Joel Jones, USAF, Retired, is the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor at Randolph-Macon Academy, the only private boarding school in the US with a full-time Air Force JROTC program.

Lt Col Joel Jones, USAF, Retired

Senior Aerospace Science Instructor and Director, AFJROTC
  • M.A., USAF Air Command and Staff College
  • M.S. Ed., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
  • B.S., Louisiana State University
  • Courses: Aerospace IV
  • R-MA Mentor, Kitty Hawk Honor Society Faculty Advisor, Armed Drill Team Assistant Coach, Special Guest to R-MA Drama Department's Lion King 2018

Lieutenant Colonel Joel A. Jones calls teaching his passion and R-MA his dream job. And he happens to love kids. 


MSgt Stephen Pederson is a boarding school Advanced Aerospace Science Instructor.

MSgt Stephen J. Pederson, USAF, Retired

Advanced Aerospace Science Instructor
  • A.S., Community College of the Air Force
  • B.S., Wayland Baptist University
  • M.S., Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Courses: Aerospace III (Exploring Space, Life Skills)
  • R-MA Mentor, CyberPatriot Coach, Ham Radio Club Advisor

Master Sergeant Stephen Pederson joined the aerospace program at Randolph-Macon Academy in 2007 after retiring from the United States Air Force with ove


TSgt Tina Laing, USAF, Retired, successfully coached the R-MA AFJROTC VA-091 Drill Team to the State Championship.

TSgt Tina Laing

Aerospace Instructor
  • M.B.A., University of Phoenix
  • B.S., University of LaVerne
  • A.S., Community College of the USAF
  • Classes: Aerospace I, Drill Team
  • R-MA Mentor, Honor Guard Advisor, Drill Team and Color Guard Coach

TSgt Tina Laing joined the R-MA faculty in 2014 after 15 years of active duty service in the Air Force, two years serving in the California Air National